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SeaIntel: New Maersk alliance similar to P3 in several aspects

The new collaboration between Maersk Line and MSC - 2M - shares several similarities with the collapsed P3 alliance, according to SeaIntel. Read on to learn more about the container industry alliances.

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Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have recycled several elements from the now-abandoned P3 alliance in their new 2M collaboration, according to analysts SeaIntel, which has studied the carriers' documentation submitted to the US Federal Maritime Commission, FMC.

But there are also significant differences between the former P3 and the current 2M. Among other factors, 2M has obviously been forced to cut the 3rd partner, CMA CGM, from the collaboration - and Maersk Line and MSC have also chosen a somewhat different geographical angle for 2M, with the carriers opting not to establish a joint office.

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